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Barbarians 2 (History Channel) (2007)

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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2007
  • Run Time: 188 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GJ0LFY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,386 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Continuing to explore the most savage practitioners of ancient warfare, this ambitious documentary series profiles the cultures and battle methodologies of the Saxons, the Franks, the Vandals, and the Lombards. Doing their bloody best to unravel the Roman Empire, each of these tribes excelled in the practice of violence and the implementation of widespread destruction. 3 1/4 hrs. total on two discs. Standard; Soundtrack: English; bonus "Modern Marvels" episode "Axes, Swords and Knives"; featurette.

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63 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Barbarians From the History Channel March 20, 2007
This is the second DVD set from the History Channel that focuses on the Barbarian tribes of the Dark Ages. This series includes episodes on the Vandals, Franks, Lombards, and the Saxons. The first Barbarian series was an excellent introduction to a forgotten period in European history and despite some minor flaws, was thoroughly enjoyable. This second set, available currently through the History Channel, continues to bring this period to life as never before.

In the years leading up to and following the collapse of the Roman Empire in the West, hordes of often hungry and warlike barbarians swarmed into Roman lands from the East and North, inundating an already weak Imperial government in Rome. In many cases, these barbarian tribes were hired as mercenaries and served the Empire as hired muscle against other barbarians. This series focuses on some of the most famous of these groups, two of which went on to become extremely important in post- Imperial Europe. The Franks, under the ruthless, but powerful, King Clovis, would found a great kingdom of their own and lay the foundations for the Holy Roman Empire. The Saxons, surging west from Germania, would launch an invasion of Britain, claiming lands vacated by the retreating Romans, and served as the deadly enemies of the Britannic warlord who became the basis for the mythical King Arthur. The Vandals and the Lombards, though less well-known, also left their bloody mark on history as enemies of the Empire. This period of history saw the collapse of civilization in the West and the emergence of a chaotic time known to history as the Dark Ages. At the same time, Christianity spread throughout Europe, largely at the hands of the Barbarians themselves who came to embrace, at least nominally, a belief in Christ.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars History channel delivers again on the barbarians August 28, 2007
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The 2nd addition is every bit as good as the 1st. These are well made and very entertaining. Much of the footage is dramatization, and they do a surprisingly good job considering that it isn't a multi-million dollar hollywood production. My personal favorite was the one on the Celts, it was extremely intersting. Franks was my 2nd favorite. All 4 were very very good though. If you enjoy medieval history and you enjoy the dramatization style then you will absolutely LOVE this set. Again, very informative and very entertaining.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! August 20, 2008
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A great way to learn about the different groups who ran around Europe causing mayhem. Get Barbarians I and start!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Barbarians II July 11, 2009
In this second installment by the History Channel, they document the more important and longer lasting tribes, such as the Saxons and the Franks. It is just as well made as the first series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well produced Docu-tainment October 22, 2010
By Kr
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I was surprised at how much I liked the re-enactment. The production value is excellent, and even better than the original series.
This would make an excellent compliment to the Germanic Tribes DVD produced by Kultur, since it supplements much of the material therein. I'm not sure I would recommend it as a stand-alone, since some of the information is legendary, this doesn't mean it any less interesting, its just that the narration should be up front about it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WORTH WATCHING October 18, 2010
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With documentaries my primary concern is, "can it hold my attention"? The story of the barbarian invasions is one that needs to be told graphically, and violently, while noting the elements of political intrigue that cut down the successive rulers of the tribes. The acting in this documentary is excellent, the choreographed battles seem realistic in how they might have actually played out, and you can keep track of which barbarian king is plotting against which other king and against the roman empire. This set definitely held my attention for the full production. I highly recommend it. The DVD's functioned well, audio and video quality were excellent.

- Mike Silverman
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Barbarians have returned! June 30, 2008
By Mark
This is an excellent example of what the History Channel has been offering us for years. Comprehensive, fascinating, educational and thrilling, Barbarians 2 picks up where the first season left off and continues with unabated force.

Beginning with the fall of the Roman Empire, the series moves through each of the remaining barbarian tribes, carefully documenting their progress during the fall of Rome. Each tribe's achievements is featured, in turn complemented by interviews and highly believeble actors recreating the most important moments in barbarian history.

The greatest battles and the most intruiging assassinations are brought to life alongside examples of "ordinary" babarian life. The war-cries of the soldiers, the clash of swords, the slash of blades, the carnage and destruction and bloodshed during the stunt-fights all help to bring to life a period in history all too often over-looked.

On top of everything else you've read here and in other reviews, Barbarians 2 has a special feature I wasn't even aware of: An episode of Conquest, featuring Peter Woodward demonstrating the use of Barbarian weapons and an episode of Modern Marvels: Knives, Swords and Axes, which details their importance, creation and use from the Stone and Bronze ages, through to the Twenty-first Century.

I found that such extras greatly enhanced my educational experience and were a delightful surprise. They were a great bonus for no addtional cost. What a bargain! Thank you History Channel!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good companion piece to Barbarians 1
The second of the Barbarians Series of documentaries, makes a good book end for the Barbarian Saga. Today students and history buffs have a cornucopia of choices,almost every era... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Cancer 809
5.0 out of 5 stars Anglo-Saxons
I bought this for the section on the Anglo-Saxons, but found the rest of it fascinating too. This dvd is especially good if you are a high school teacher, as it is general enough... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Duane R. Wirdel
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent documentary
excellent documentary for the Barbarian period of Western Europe. Documented each wave of Barbarian invasions instead of just lumping them all together, which would have been... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kenjiro
3.0 out of 5 stars History Channel
Unfortunately has the repeat footage that the folks at History channel are so fond of for burning up time. I do like the historic significance.
Published on February 3, 2011 by Donald1
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Series
Got this as a gift for my husband, and he loves it! Great purchase. Wish I could say more, but I never actually watched the video; it is a good gift for a history buff, though. Read more
Published on December 7, 2009 by Linda R. Hendrex
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Barbarian History!
Although I have not viewed these DVD's in their entirety, they are exactly the same as the programs on the History Channel, both of which were fascinating and of great interest. Read more
Published on April 20, 2008 by Lorraine P. Zigman
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor acting
It would have been possible to make it in one DVD, instead of two; sometimes it is boring and redundant, and the acting is awful !
Published on January 10, 2008 by Jose Eugenio Alati
5.0 out of 5 stars Barbarians
Is a good and interesting part of History, mainly because there is not much available on this Time Period, (Dark Ages)
Published on November 23, 2007 by Helena Prudkov
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